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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

Basic Education

Basic Education is one of the focus areas identified by the South African Human Rights Commission in order to effectively fulfil its mandate of promoting, protecting, and monitoring the realisation of Human Rights in South Africa.

Section 29 (1)(a) of the Constitution guarantees the right to a basic education. It provides in the relevant part that:
“(1) Everyone has –
                           a)    the right to a basic education, including adult basic education.”

The Basic Education portfolio at the Commission seeks to protect, promote and educate on the right to basic education, and advocates for legislative and policy reform, creates awareness, and participates in advancing the right to basic education both at the domestic, regional and international levels.


Hearing on the Impact of Protest-Related Actions on the Right to Basic Education


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The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

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